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Weekly recap: 5 ways devops can help companies, tablets outsell PCs, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on how devops can help companies create applications faster, why “Shadow IT” must be embraced, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Shadow IT: Once hidden, often hated, but well worth embracing
The concept of “Shadow IT” is becoming more and more prevalent. Tired of waiting around for the IT department, end users are now buying and using SaaS services without the IT department’s knowledge or approval. IT departments are scrambling to adjust, driven by the fear of being bypassed altogether. The solution: Give users a development platform that meets their needs, while giving the IT department control over data and user access.

5 ways devops can help companies crank out better code faster
In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, “devops” refers to IT admins with both development and business operations skills. It’s an attempt to create code that better solves business needs. In some cases, this requires teaching your developers business operation skills. In other cases, it involves giving your end users the tools necessary to develop business web applications.

Tablets set to outsell both desktops and laptops
Is your business putting off mobile apps until you’re sure the trend will stick? Well, I have some news for you: Not only is it here to stay, mobile devices are quickly outselling standard PCs and laptops. You can’t afford to wait on mobile.

8 reasons enterprise architecture programs fail
The need for good application architecture is more important than ever, but creating that architecture isn’t always easy. Here’s a few problems to avoid if your company needs to implement better architecture.